Performer & Guest Bios
Abney Park- Abney Park comes from an era that never was, but one that we wish had been. An era where airships waged war in the skies, and corsets and cumberbuns were proper adventuring attire. They’ve picked up their bad musical habits, scoundrelous musicians, and anachronistically hybridized instruments from dozens of locations and eras that they have visited in their travels and thrown them into one riotous dervish of a performance. Expect clockwork guitars, belly dancers, flintlock bassists, middleastern percussion, violent violin, and Tesla powered keyboards blazing in a post- apocalyptic, swashbuckling, Steampunk musical mayhem.
The Cog is Dead- Based in Deland, Florida, The Cog is Dead is a steampunk band with a bit of a musical identity crisis, playing music of various styles. Their influences range from rock and roll to ragtime to russian folk music and movie scores. The members all portray steampunk timetravelers from the year 1893. As a time traveling band they travel to various points of time spreading their message to save steam power and analog clockwork while playing their marvelous melodies for all to hear and enjoy. Along the way they have discovered several types of marvelous music which has helped to inspire their own.
Perego Live!- Info coming soon.
The Bawdy Boys- Born and bred on the salty streets of Detroit, Michigan, The Bawdy Boys strive to bring a new generation into the rich heritage and culture of Irish Americans through bawdy versions of traditional favorites, toasts and bits of history and every sea shanty, rebel tune and drinking song they can put their instruments and voices to. Not afraid to break out of what is considered the normal mold of Irish Folk music, the Boys always bring their crowds into the lush world of Pirates, North American Irish immigrants and Celtic history with a unique blend of world musical influences and interactive, up-beat story telling. They invite you to join them for a pint and a song at a port of call near you.
Cupcake Burlesque- Cupcake Burlesque is… A Little Sweet, a Lot of Sass… The Naughtiest Burlesque in South Florida! Often imitated, NEVER duplicated. Cupcake Burlesque was founded by Miss Jenna Beth in Fort Lauderdale, FL in April of 2010. They feature a classic burlesque style, with a modern twist. Each of the Cupcakes offer a unique specialty and flair of her own, making for a very sexy and exciting spectacle of an event
Penny Dreadful Productions- Penny Dreadful Productionsis an Atlanta based conceptual design and physical production company bringing the world’s creative needs to life. PDP encompasses many disciplines of art all under one roof- including Conceptual Design, Special Makeup and Prosthetics, Specialty Props, Costumes and Specialty Costuming, Public Art and Display, and much more. Our work has been seen in major motion pictures, professional theaters, and even purchased in private commissions. PDP uses the “Steampunk” aesthetic to show off their talents as artists, but has worked in almost all genres and styles. PD Productions also provides convention and special appearance services- including costume contest judging, awards hosting, demonstrations, and in depth panels. Turning your dreams into reality is our passion.
Airship Isabella- The Airship Isabella is a mercenary ship for hire. Through the use of steam powered generators, augmented by a mysterious essence known only as Aether, the crew travels from dimension to dimension, from time to time, completing jobs, causing a ruckus, and “collecting” goods from each individual world. The crew consists of many a rag-tag personality, but together with their sister ship, The Neo Dulcimer: They make a family.
On the flip side of the story, ASI is a group of artists, performers, and visionaries who have bound together to create characters who explore the boundaries of the Steampunk community and a menagerie of worlds to put them in. On their agenda: to create art for others to enjoy as much as themselves, to share their knowledge with those who find it of interest, to encourage people who would otherwise find themselves incapable of creating something wonderful to put their worries aside and realize that – with the right knowledge and tools – they can do it too!
PeregoLIVE-As an entertainer, PeregoLIVE use of styles & techniques as if they were also colors on his palette leave spectators in awe. While other artists try to make simple painting look hard, Perego flexes his masterful technical muscles & makes a hard painting look easy. He impresses his clients, wows their guests & helps charities raise thousands of dollars. His acts are like no other- bringing Performance Art of all kinds to the mainstream public. He is to performance art what Kriss Angel is to the magic world. His by-line is Art that Rocks & he does all that & more. He is not only famous for his “signature” (slamming his paint covered hair on the canvas) but is also known for getting even crazier than that- sometimes even setting his painting ablaze just to watch it burn. “You blew my mind!” is a common reaction from a PeregoLIVE show. Now throwing paint around the world, for the leading Art and Entertainment industries, Perego and the ART ARMY ART PARTY has become a sensation worldwide.
O.M. Grey- Ms. Grey blogs and podcasts relationship articles covering such topics as alternative lifestyles, deepening intimacy, and ending a relationship with love and respect. Additionally, she writes poetry and short stories, both of which have been published in various anthologies and magazines. She has completed two novels and his working on a third for a 2012 release. Her premiere Steampunk Paranormal Romance novel, Avalon Revisited, is an Amazon.com Gothic Romance bestseller. She has also recently released her YA Steampunk Paranormal Romance, The Zombies of Mesmer, and an anthology of short stories, love poetry, and relationship essays called Caught in the Cogs: An Eclectic Collection.
S.J. Chambers- S.J. Chambers’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fantasy, theBaltimore Sun’s Read Street blog, Yankee Pot Roast, Tor.com (where she first aired her Steampunk Poe ideas), and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s forthcoming anthology Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet of Curiosities. She is the articles senior editor at Strange Horizons, a devot Poepathist, a member of the Poe Studies Association, and a regular reviewer for Bookslut.com. She also co-authored The Steampunk Bible.
Sean Hayden- Born the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire. His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive creativity. Writing is his latest endeavor.
Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in these genres, he found, fell in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He always wanted to rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity.
Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author. He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a starring role in his own television sitcom.
Connor Hayden- Always a reader, Connor jumped at the chance to write a series of short stories with his father.
Connor is currently in the sixth grade in the small town in Florida he lives in. He loves playing video games, especially Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed. Helps his father take care of their multitude of animals, and loves to torment his younger sister. Once he finishes the Magnificent Steam Carnival of Professor Pelusian Minus Series with his father, he plans on continuing writing…ON HIS OWN!
Armand Rosamilia- Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he is making no plans for the coming zombie apocalypse. He loves Horror, Heavy Metal, Zombies and Steampunk (but in different orders each day), and has over 40 releases available to his credit, plus a slew of anthology releases. He keeps busy as a writer, and also as the man behind Rymfire Books, which releases all the subjects Armand holds dear.
His next (and most exciting) release will be the steampunk magazine The RetroFuture Engine, now taking submissions.
Jason Robert LeClair- Author/Illustrator Jason Robert LeClair spends most hours of each day making art. Whether the art is writing, drawing and painting, or defining environments for theatre productions as a technical and artistic director, Jason lives for the ability to create.
A profound love for history and art theory has caused him to add the art of writing to his already prolific art-filled life. With a hearty imagination from a very early age, the genre of fantasy is a natural fit for this author. His well-honed illustrative style of pencil drawing allows for the expression of his ideas on another level beyond the written word so that the reader can truly see his vision as he intended.
LeClair will be holding a premiere book reading and sighing for Broken Silences.